Marika Brown, 16, of Millersville collected $727 for the United Negro College Fund in conjunction with the Lou Rawls Parade of Stars andhas been crowned Miss UNCF Anne Arundel County.
The amount the Old Mill High junior brought in was tops in the third annual pageant and fund-raiser sponsored by the Anne Arundel Committee for the Lou RawlsTelethon.
Brown is the daughter of Sonia and Wayne Brown.
Last year's winner, Kimberly Williams, a senior at Old Mill High, crowned Brown on Dec. 16 at St. Phillips Episcopal Church in Annapolis.
Brown also received a ribbon, trophy and $100 U.S. Savings Bond for her two-month effort.
Brown participated in the televised Parade of Stars broadcast Jan. 5 on WBAL-TV.
She said she collected money from membersof her church, Silas First Baptist, as well as from friends of her mother.
"It was a chance for me to help someone," said Brown, who plans to attend the University of Maryland at College Park to pursue acareer in medicine. "I may not need the college fund myself. But it is a chance to help someone who is in need."
Only one other student in the county participated in the UNCF drive. Rolinda Pindell, a ninth-grader at Glen Burnie High School, collected a little more than $300.
To stimulate more interest next year, the committee plans to distribute fliers about the Parade of Stars and the United Negro College Fund pageant to all county high schools.
Maryland residents contributed $255,000 in cash, not including pledges, said Eliza C. Smith, co-chairwoman of the county UNCF committee. The state goal was $300,000. Anne Arundel County contributed $1,045.
Nancy P. Flyth was Brown's sponsor and a committee co-chairwoman. Constance Y. Brown was the chairwoman.
The United Negro College Fund helps support 41 colleges and universities across the nation.
Brown, an avid singer, will be performing gospel music at the upcoming "Uniting for a Cause," dinner/dance Feb. 23 at the BWI Marriott.